Do you know about storks? -- To wonder why -- Wagon wheel -- Jella and the farmer -- Pier and Dirk and the cherry tree -- Eelka and the ancient wheel -- Auka and the tin man -- Lina and the upturned boat -- Wheel rim -- Wagon in the sea -- Storm and storks -- Wheel on the school -- Flotsam and Jetsam -- Tots in the tower -- Storks in the sea
"Six school children bring the storks (harbingers of good luck) back to their little Dutch village. (A story) written with dramatic power and a deep insight into the minds and hearts of children."--Booklist. Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book
May 10, 2020 Subject:
SUCH a Sweet Story!!
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Oh my heart! What a lovely story!! This book was highly recommended to me by two good friends and I enjoyed it quite as much as I expected to. It is just such a sweet, adorable, heart-warming story, very humorous, well-paced and well-written. There were many instances of a euphemism being used, and some mentions of storks bringing luck, but that’s all. The characters were just so real and amazing—Janus was my favourite (and Jana is the perfect wife for him <33), but I loved the Teacher soo much too. And all the school children were delightful (Eelka is the best!!) and their families were too… and old Douwa, and Grandmother Sibble… <33 I loved the message of the story, and Eelka’s discovery, though a minor part, was just amazing. <33 This is a great family read-aloud as well as a lovely book for all ages.
A Favourite Quote: “‘Ah, yes, that’s all it is,’ the teacher said. ‘As yet! But there’s where things have to start—with a dream. Of course, if you just go on dreaming, then it stays a dream and becomes stale and dead. But first to dream and then to do—isn’t that the way to make a dream come true?’”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “‘For sometimes when we wonder, we can make things begin to happen.’”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “Auka had even desperate enough to ask Grandmother Sibble if he might look through her caller.
“‘It’s no use, Auka,’ Grandmother Sibble had said. ‘I know exactly what’s in my old cellar—one crock of sauerkraut. I don’t keep tings down cellar any more; its too difficult for me to get down there. But I can’t stand the smell of sauerkraut, so there it is.’
“‘The teacher told us,’ Auka had said doubtfully, ‘to look where a wheel could be and where it couldn’t possibly be.’
“’Well, you’ve come to the right place,’ Grandmother Sibble had chuckled. ‘A wheel couldn’t possibly be in my cellar. But your teacher is right—that’s the only way to find things. So go ahead and look[.] And while you’re there will you carry the sauerkraut out into the back yard for me? It’s even beginning to smell through the floor.’”